Robby Valentine – No Sugar Added [1998]

VALENTINE_NSACountry Netherlands          Style Pomp Rock/AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Robby Valentine – Vocals,all Instruments, Sjakie – Harmony vocals (on Track 1), Rob Winter – Lead guitar (on Tracks 5 and 8), Arthur Polini – Harmony vocals (on Track 8)

Tracks
01. The Forces Of Secrecy (3:37), 02. Reincarnated Virtually (3:00), 03. Train Against The Grain (2:50), 04. Love Never Dies (5:31), 05. The Sulky Shuffle (4:30), 06. It’s All About … (3:53), 07. Back 2 Mars (4:08), 08. Blinded By Love (4:38), 09. My Only 1 (5:53), 10. Kombat (3:34), 11. Never To Late (3:41), 12. Captain Eagle (6:11)

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Profile `No sugar added’ is the fifth full length studio album by Dutch singer/keyboard player/composer Robby Valentine originally released in 1998. Musically the album is built on the very same melodic rock glamour that defines any R. Valentine release only `…sugar…’ demonstrates some fairly up tempo material with increased emphasis on twin guitar melodies; hence one could argue that the release was probably the most aggressive (in terms melodic rock) than any of his preceding albums.

For the part of the lyrics, `no sugar added’ sees Valentine addressing a wide range of social issues including war (track 10 `combat’), disease (track 11- `never too late’) as well as his trademark romantic/heartbreakers namely `Blinded by love’. So evidently Robby tells various and diverse stories and for the biggest part he is fairly brutal in his description hence the title `no sugar added’: Best example of this approach is `Never too late’ which opens by the lyrics `There is a girl, she has cancer, she’s only 16 years old…’.

Despite the super glamorous, fairly vain image, Robby is proven courageous, realist and unafraid of criticism touching on subjects such as war and terminal illness as easily as he sings about romance, surrealism and philosophical questioning. Favorite tracks include `Back 2 Mars’, `Blinded by love’ and `Never too late’. I do consider `no sugar added’ as a key album in Robby’s career being by far the most versatile demonstrating shocking honesty while being equally as glamorous as any of his previous (and following) works. Rocking and inspiring!

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Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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